Q:

Qualifying for Boston: Mohawk Hudson River

Now that the weather’s starting to warm up, I’m planning to start training for a marathon this year. My goal is to qualify for Boston. Which races would give me the best chance for doing it?

mohawk hudson marathon

The Mohawk Hudson Marathon.     Photo: Courtesy of the Mohawk Hudson Marathon

A:LOCATION: Albany, New York
DATE:
October 13

Like the Bay State Marathon, more than one-third of entrants in the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon qualify for Boston. The reason why: so many fast people from New York City make the three-hour drive north to take advantage of its flat route. The 26.2 miles mostly follow bike paths along the Mohawk and Hudson rivers from Schenectady to Albany, dropping a total of 370 feet in elevation, with only a few tiny climbs along the way.

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